A FREE dementia-friendly production of a new opera, The Last Siren, will be staged at Lawrence Hall in The University of West London, Ealing, next Wednesday (30) ahead of its world premiere at the Tete-a-tete festival the following day. 

The contemporary opera takes a fresh look at the Greek myth from Homer’s Odyssey with music by Edward Lambert, libretto by Norman Welch and directed by Jenny Weston.  

The university’s Geller Institute of Ageing and Memory is staging the event with the London College of Music and the Music Troupe.  

Music can minimise distress and agitation associated with dementia and can also be used to promote reminiscence and strengthen memory, according to research.

The auditorium will be set out to minimise fall risks and the audience will be permitted to move around, speak and leave, removing the usual social stigma associated with interrupting a performance.